Kazakhstan announces end of unrest after 42 victims

In Kazakhstan, where sudden protests grew into unrest this week, its President Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev has announced the restoration of constitutional order after 42 rioters, police and troops have been killed, American broadcaster Radio Free Europe reports.
During the protests, which broke out after a hike in the prices of liquidified natural gas, according to the Kazakh Healthcare Ministry, more than 1,000 people have been injured and 400 hospitalized. Doctors were said to be fighting for sixty-two people in intensive care units.
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«Constitutional order has basically been restored in all regions of the country. Local authorities are in control of the situation,» the Kazakh President noted in a security meeting on Friday, January 7, his office stated. «But terrorists continue to use weapons and damage property of citizens. Therefore, counterterrorist actions should be continued until the complete destruction of the militants,» Toqaev warned.
As to the victims, the country’s Interior Ministry has stated that 26 people, who it called «armed criminals» had been eliminated and more than 3,000 of them detained. On the other side, eighteen police and national guard troops had been killed since the start of the protests this week, Radio Free Europe reports.